Your portfolio lets others know what you know and what
you can do. It is an ongoing record of your best creative achievements. For the
Visual Arts student, it is the most important credential for successful
transfer or employment. Detailed assistance is available on ePortfolio.
You should begin to build your
portfolio in your first studio art course. The portfolio should show quality
and variation. Quantity is not so important. Quality will be achieved through
Generally, your portfolio
should emphasize drawing techniques, particularly drawing from the human
figure. Examples of painting or photography or design or sculpture are also
important. The work should be presented clearly, cleanly, and in a positive
sequence. Generally, work does not need to be matted or framed. Sculptures
should be photographed and sometimes digital images of drawings and paintings
are required. Finally, your portfolio should show expressive and interpretive
qualities that go beyond class assignments or basic problem-solving. In your
Art and Design Seminar course you will also be encouraged to create an
ePortfolio, an electronic compilation of your course work at LaGuardia
Community College. Visual Arts Majors benefit from the ePortfolio, by allowing
easy access of electronic images of your artwork to future academic instructors
and institutions, as well as possible employers.
Open Drawing Sessions from the
life model will be available every Wednesday, 1-5 p.m., during the Fall
I and Spring I sessions. Check in Office M-223 for scheduled dates/location.
Take advantage of this excellent opportunity to develop the quality of your
Studio Art Courses will
generate many of the art works you will wish to include in your portfolio.
However, to achieve true technical and expressive quality you will need to do more
than your basic class assignments. Practice, experimentation and revision must
occur to achieve excellence. As you complete your studies at LaGuardia plan
extra time to practice each week. Generally you should plan to practice a
minimum of two hours outside of class for every hour in class.